A playful slice of an authentic Italian bella vita awaits at Mio, the signature fine-dining restaurant of Four Seasons Beijing. Mio means ‘my’ in Italian, reflecting the culinary philosophy of head chef Marco Calenzo, who believes that the pleasures of eating and the comforts of home are inextricably linked. Previously executive sous chef at Apsleys in London, chef Calenzo is a wizard at the stove, whether plating recherché ingredient combinations or simply tossing a pan of hand-rolled spaghetti with chili and olive oil. Calenzo’s signature white pizza is a case in point — wood-fired focaccia dough topped with a just-baked organic egg and finished with shavings of genuine Alba white truffle.

Playful creativity is as much a hallmark of the food as the décor. Tokyo-based Spin Design Studio has taken colored crystal and chrome to dazzling new heights in an interior scheme delightfully at odds with the rustic aromas of roasting tomatoes and bread hot out of the oven. It’s clear this is a restaurant with the style and the kitchen smarts to make fine dining fabulously fun — right down to a secret door that opens with a Star Trek swoosh to reveal a lavish private room, seats for a dozen diners, city views and a wall of fine wines rising well beyond reach.

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